THE future of a giant glass manufacturing and bottling plant on Chester's outskirts could be considered by councillors in December.
The Quinn Glass plant in Ince, which provides 560 jobs, has been built and in production since spring 2005 although it does not have planning permission.
Approval for the plant was rejected by Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel Blears who raised a number of concerns following an inquiry.
It emerged in her decision that a fresh application with a comprehensive approach might be the way forward in the circumstances.
Her decision has been challenged by Quinn in the High Court while competitors and a small number of local residents have called for enforcement action.
Councillors in both Chester, which contains the majority of the site, and Ellesmere Port and Neston decided not to take enforcement action due to the possibility a fresh application would be put forward by the company.
Both councils have had regular reports on the situation which have pointed more recently to a lack of complaints from local residents.
The company put forward a new application in February this year and competitors Ardagh Glass have asked that this should also be called in.
In the meantime, the councils have been told up by the Government Office for the North West that they should not grant permission for the development without special authorisation although the direction does not prevent them from refusing approval.
Ellesmere Port and Neston planning committee is due to be told by borough planning chief Tom Miller at a meeting on Tuesday (October 14) that the complex application includes a number of issues which require careful consideration.
Since the original submission, Quinn Glass has submitted further information and more is expected shortly.
"Under the circumstances, it is not possible to say exactly when the application is to be reported to planning committee for consideration but it is likely to be December of this year,'' says Mr Miller.
He says his report will consider, among other things, how the company has dealt with the concerns raised by Mrs Blears in her previous decision.
These included the adequacy of a road junction at Ash Road and Ince Lane where improvements are likely to start soon, councillors will be told.
They will also hear that as the factory was substantially complete in April 2005, the period for any enforcement action will end next March.